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Slayer

Slayer were one of the most distinctive, influential, and extreme thrash metal bands of the 1980s. Their graphic lyrics dealt with everything from death and dismemberment to war and the horrors of hell. Their full-throttle velocity, wildly chaotic guitar solos, and powerful musical chops painted an effectively chilling sonic background for their obsessive chronicling of the dark side; this correspondence helped Slayer's music hold up arguably better than the remaining Big Three '80s thrash outfits (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax). Naturally, Slayer stirred up quite a bit of controversy over the years, with rumors flying about Satanism and Nazism that only added to their mystique. Over the years, Slayer put out some high-quality albums, including one undisputed classic (Reign in Blood), and saw the numbers of naysayers and detractors shrinking as their impact on the growing death metal movement was gradually and respectfully acknowledged. Slayer survived with arguably the most vitality and the least compromise of any pre-Nirvana metal band, and their intensity inspired similar responses from their devoted fans.

Slayer were formed in 1982 in Huntington Park, California, by guitarists Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman; also recruited were bassist/vocalist Tom Araya and drummer Dave Lombardo. They started out playing covers of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden songs, but quickly discovered that they could get attention (and fans) by exploiting threatening, satanic imagery. The band was invited by Metal Blade's Brian Slagel to contribute a track to the Metal Massacre, Vol. 3 compilation (a series that also saw the vinyl debuts of Metallica and Voivod); a contract and debut album, Show No Mercy, followed shortly thereafter. While Slayer's early approach was rather cartoonish, their breakneck speed and instrumental prowess were still highly evident. Two EPs, Haunting the Chapel and Live Undead, were released in 1984, but 1985's Hell Awaits refined their lyrical obsessions into a sort of concept album about damnation and torture and made an immediate sensation in heavy metal circles, winning Slayer a rabid cult following.

Def Jam co-founder Rick Rubin took a liking to the band, signed them to his label, and contributed the first clear-sounding production heard on any Slayer album for the stripped-down Reign in Blood. Due to the graphic nature of the material, CBS refused to distribute the album, which garnered a great deal of publicity for the band; eventually, Geffen Records stepped in. Combining Slayer's trademark speed metal with the tempos and song lengths (if not structures) of hardcore, along with the band's most disturbing lyrics yet, Reign in Blood was an instant classic, breaking the band through to a wider audience, and was hailed by some as the greatest speed metal album of all time (some give the nod to Metallica's Master of Puppets).

South of Heaven disappointed some of the band's hardcore followers, as Slayer successfully broke out of the potential stylistic straitjacket of their reputation as the world's fastest, most extreme band. Drummer Lombardo took some time off and was briefly replaced by Whiplash drummer Tony Scaglione, but soon returned to the fold. Released in 1990, Seasons in the Abyss was well received in all respects, incorporating more of the classic Slayer intensity into a more commercial -- but no less uncompromising -- sound. "War Ensemble" and the title track became favorites on MTV's Headbanger's Ball, and Slayer consolidated their position at the forefront of thrash, along with Metallica. Following the release of the double live album Decade of Aggression, Lombardo left the band again and formed Grip Inc.

Slayer remained quiet for a few years; the only new material released after 1990 was a duet with Ice-T recorded for the Judgment Night soundtrack on a medley of songs by the Exploited. After leaving the Forbidden, Paul Bostaph signed on as the new drummer for 1994's Divine Intervention, which was released to glowing reviews; thanks to the new death metal movement, which drew upon Slayer and particularly Reign in Blood for its inspiration, Slayer were hailed as metal innovators. The album was a massive success, debuting at number eight on the Billboard album charts.

Bostaph left the band to concentrate on a side project, the Truth About Seafood, and was replaced by ex-Testament drummer Jon Dette for Undisputed Attitude, an album consisting mostly of punk and hardcore covers. Bostaph rejoined Slayer in time to record 1998's Diabolus in Musica. The band reunited with Def Jam for 2001's God Hates Us All and in 2002 Lombardo rejoined the band once more. In 2004, they unleashed the four-disc anthology Soundtrack to the Apocalypse, followed by an album of all-new material, Christ Illusion, in 2006. After a relentless tour and festival schedule in 2007 and 2008, Slayer emerged from the studio with World Painted Blood in 2009. In 2010 Slayer appeared with Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax, on Big 4: Live from Sofia, Bulgaria. On May 2, 2013, Slayer guitarist and co-founder Jeff Hanneman died of liver failure at a Los Angeles hospital; he was 49 years old. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Me too Candy
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Love slayer!
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Me too Anko.
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I just love their minor threat covers.
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Psylocke rocks. Olivia Munn.
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slayers back on the megadeth board, cool
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we want slayer taking place of pantera on the megadeth board
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dead skin mask. dead obama mask.
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skeletons of society
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drunk drivers against mad mothers
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dr joseph mangele
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cleanse the soul
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tom and lambardo are also Catholic
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I'm Catholic and have an iq of 130
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and i was like SSSLLLAAAYYY E E E R R R R R R R
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See what listening to this devil worshipping music does ? It lowers your IQ and makes you a racist POS that argues with your local terrorist. You two sissies should just slap fight .
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the new slayer is out now
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my mom is going with me
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LOL Tyler...nice one
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anyone gonna see the wwf on august 1st in hidalgo texas ? I'm gonna buy a ticket.
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I got the new slayer single on spotify.
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rock intensity dudes
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happy junk food day kerry
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Roses are red
Violets are blue
F**k this poem
And listen to SLAYER!!
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Dragon Slayer
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Slayfuckinge r
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yep, slayer are in the most wanted on mtv and are in the dirty dozen.
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F**KING #SLAYER!!
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The dukes of hazzard is out of america because p**sies like the muslims hate the Yankee flag. I put the general lee on channel Haohmaru of wind on youtube,.
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9 out of ten kids who kill people listen to slayer
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Final six on the punisher war zone soundtrack. YES. When I watch fox news and see the war. I like pretending I'm the punisher going around killing muslambs.
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I'm Catholic. Dave Lambardo is from chile. Cubans wear giant masks on their bodies hoping around wherever they go.
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Muhammad don't listen to this guy he is an a**hole.
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Stop arguing so much.
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Hey man you're right people being discriminate d against because of their religious beliefs is a reason for terrorism. People shouldn't hate each other for foolish reasons like their religious beliefs. So many problems in America.
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wow youre saying that you would never vote for black people and Cubans, but you listen to Slayer. Don't you know Dave Lombardo is Cuban. I don't get racist people listening to slayer.
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Wow internet tuff guys make me laugh
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I saw on Six Feet Under's page you saying you are going to vote for Hilary Clinton what the f**k does that have to do with 6FU. You are probably some fat slob who is really lonely and wants friends because other people make you feel like you are something when in fact you are only s**t. You are xenophobic b**ch. May your life end in suffering.
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This kind of talk will never come out of your mouth to me in person because I will f**king beat the s**t out of you attention whore. If you offend me again it is a high chance I may dissect you like the piece of s**t you are. I am muslim and have no problem admitting who I am. I will not hide who I am to conform to worthless humans like yourself.
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You know wind guy you a real attention getting piece of s**t. I am misanthrophi c which means I hate mankind and have no problem ending you. People like you who discriminate against people because of their religious beliefs are the reason why Islamic terrorism exist today.
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No, Megadeth sucks they should've never made it to the big 4. Megadeth made it to the big 4 because of the fact that Dave used to be in Metallica.Th e y only have 2 good songs and wind dude why do you make so many comments. RIP Jeff Hanneman.
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The big four should be Slayer, Anthrax, Testament & Overkill! Or even Death Angel. Metallica hasn't been thrash or speed metal in years, they simply suck!
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Don't listen to this guy if you like thrash and haven't heard of Hirax I also recommend them preferably their new stuff. El Rostro de la muerte and Immortal Legacy.
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No, Megadeth sucks they should've never made it to the big 4. Megadeth made it to the big 4 because of the fact that Dave used to be in Metallica.Th e y only have 2 good songs and wind dude why do you make so many comments. RIP Jeff Hanneman.
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hirax sucks
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just didn't get as popular as metallica because of satanic lyrics. But definitely better than metallica.
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Always thought these guys were better than Metallica. Show No Mercy is like one of my favorite albums. I dislike that they have Gary Holt now. Definitely number one in the Big 4. Another band that should've been in the Big 4 is Hirax.
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cool
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I have been listening to slayer since Show no mercy and have seen them more than a dozen times. I met them at L'Amour s in Brooklyn in the 80s
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Angel of death again.
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